Cliodhna wrote: Gekishinken wrote:
On the bright side, there's only 4-5 weeks left for USA regular departure.
Wait, regular departure doesn't happen until the end of july- that's more like 4-5 MONTHS away.
@Miami_Coordinator: So early departures have all
already been notified, or are the notifications still going out?
Crossing my fingers for all you early departure peeps!!!
I think they're talking about notification for Regular Departure. That typically happens in April, which is only about 4-5 weeks away.
Each coordinator is responsible for contacting their own candidates, so while I can't say for certain if they've all been contacted, I believe they have been. There's so little time to prepare before departure, that they probably have all been notified. I typically notify by email, but if I'm under a time crunch, sometimes I also notify by phone (that's what I typically do with upgraded alternates). Different coordinators may have different systems.
Even though the April 10 Early Departure candidates should have been contacted by this time, it's possible there could be a few more notifications to go out. There may be some Early Departure people who decide they don't want to participate with JET, in which case there might be time to accept candidates who can take their place for the April 10 departure date. Also, this is not the only possible time to go as an Early Departure candidate. An Early Departure candidate can expect the possibility of being sent any time between mid-April and late-July (I believe that this is the only pre-determined Early Departure date; meaning that the people who leave on the April 10 date will have the 3-day Tokyo Training, whereas those sent between April and late-July will not unless their Contracting Organizations permit them to attend Group A's training).
As I've said before, this is something that's really new for a lot of the countries sending Early Departure people this year. We're still learning how to work with this new option.
That said, there will probably be a few contracting organizations that will want a new JET before the Group A people arrive. So, in those cases, a few additional candidates who requested Early Departure may still be chosen. It's also possible that if there are some Early Departure people who made alternate plans (due to believing they were ineligible for Early Departure), it's possible that someone else could be upgraded in their stead. I'm really not sure about any of that.